PSY4313 – Music Cognition
This module focuses on the cognitive psychology and neuroscience of music; a fundamental and universal human trait. The main theoretical directions in the field will be introduced and evaluated through empirical evidence gathered using a variety of methods, including neuroimaging, behavioural experiments, computational modelling, effects of localized brain lesions (e.g., cases of amusia), and evidence from comparative psychology. The lectures will cover the processes of auditory attention and perception (of pitch, rhythm, and tonality), musical imagery and memory, prediction and anticipation, musical training and brain plasticity, cross-modal perception, embodied and social cognition, and peak emotional experiences with music. These topics will be approached both in terms of the cognitive processes involved as well as the functions and potential evolutionary basis of human music-making.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to
- the cognitive processes involved in various musical activities
- how the human mind/brain achieves the understanding, making, and appreciation of music; an illuminating example of multi-level human cognition, motor control and executive function
- how studying cognition in the musical domain can inform us about the functioning of our brains more generally
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7 lectures á 2h, plus 3 seminars (with student presentations) á 2h.
The exam consists of two elements:
- a group presentation based on 2-3 published studies (a range of topics & studies will be provided)
- an individual reflection note based on the topic of the presentation (1000-1500 words)
Both exams will be graded.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
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